Liquid single-electrode triboelectric nanogenerator based on graphene oxide dispersion for wearable electronics

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Original languageEnglish
Article number103948
Journal / PublicationNano Energy
Online published29 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


Owing to the limited deformability and restricted scalability of traditional triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), liquid single-electrode TENG based on graphene oxide dispersion (GO LS-TENG) was developed in this study. The device exhibits high short-circuit current density of 18.61 mA m−2 at contact frequency of 3 Hz, being much higher than that of reported LS-TENG based on NaCl solution (1.8 mA m−2, 2.3 Hz) and liquid metal (8.6 mA m−2, 3 Hz). Moreover, its maximum power density can reach 4.97 W m−2 (1.99 mW, 3 Hz), which is higher than that of a reported single-electrode TENG based on GO solid electrode (3.13 W m−2, 5 Hz). On palm tapping the device, 87 green LEDs connected in series can be lit up. Robustness, durability and reproducibility tests show high stability, sensitivity, and potential use of this device in wearable electronics. This work demonstrates a novel approach to fabricate LS-TENG with simple structure, high output and high sensitivity for use in highly flexible and deformable wearable devices.

Research Area(s)

  • Energy harvesting, GO dispersion, Liquid electrode, Wearable electronics